Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday's Beginnings (89)

So, it's Monday...

How are you faring at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting a new book or finishing one up?

First I hope all had a wonderful Mother's Day!  Even the children too, as it is a day to enjoy with parents and your children. :)

Back to Monday here, it started off a little rough at work today.  But I think I'm feeling better.  And more so as the day goes on and closer to going home.  I have a big week planned in books and stuff to do here.  But it's looking like a crazy week.  I have a lot to do and look forward to it all, and there is a lot to do around our house to try and be ready for our Memorial Day party.  I'm hoping I can get it all done.

And I've started exercising again.  I know I need to do it as I've been feeling tired again and I need to put that hour every other day in to make it through all I have planned here and at home.

Currently Reading:
   Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrence Novel by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris ~ I'm savoring every word in this read. :) I love the word phrasing!  But I do hope to finish by over the weekend coming.
   Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre ~ I'll be starting this one for the Blog Chat on Thursday.  We are doing the first half of the book.  If you would like to read the schedule, you can ~ HERE.

Books I Finished:
   The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod ~ Which I will be reviewing with WonderBunny at Cookies, Books, and Bikes.  I'll post a link here to our joint review when it goes up.
   Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa ~ A novella for in the Iron Fey series that follows after Iron King.

Reviews Posted this Past Week: (click title to jump over to read review)
   A Moth in Darkness by Frances Pauli
   Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Reviews to Work on this Week:
   The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod with WonderBunny
   Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

I did write another Flash Fiction Friday last week! :) If you would like to read it you can do so HERE. I do hope you enjoy the story with this curious House.  And please feel free to leave a comment.

As for my WANT list...well, you are going to be disappointed with me... I only added 5 books last week.  SORRY! You all are pimping some amazing books.  But I think the books are already on my list or I'm trying to hold back because of my purchasing hiatus.

Books Received:
I won this one over at WonderBunny's blog, Cookies, Books, and Bikes.  I've thought about this one for a while since her review.  It sounds like a fun read!
Goodreads Synopsis:

First in a new urban fantasy series-with a bite as magical as its bark.

Mason used to be an enforcer, ensuring that suspect magic practitioners stayed in line. But now he scrapes out a living playing guitar. Good thing he has Louie, his magical...well, let's call him a dog. But there are some kinds of evil thateven Louie can't sniff out. And when Mason is attacked by a supernatural assailant, he'll have to fall back on the one skill he's mastered in music and magic-improvisation.

After reading Iron King with my friends on Twitter I decided to go on with the series.  So, here is book two.  Yes, I purchased it.  But let me say it only cost me $1.08.  With my discount at Borders and my $5 free money, it made it so easy for me to get it!
Goodreads Synopsis:
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

I'm still on the book buying hiatus!  Or at least trying. ;) But deals like above I just can't pass up.

So, I have a big week planned in reading.  Hoping to get a lot done.  I figure I have to set big goals or I may not accomplish much. ;)

How are you looking so far this week?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

Here's to wishing you all the best in words and pages.


  1. I am very curious about your McLeod review, and your Kagawa one too :D

  2. Kagawa have found my copy of Iron King on my Adobe Reader and have Winter Passage on my Kindle so soon may get to them and then see about the whole series!
    Melissa I am so excited for you, I hope you love John Levitts series as much as I do, Dog Days should cement it for you as it is great reading! (You are going to want your own Iffrit!)

    Last week was a good week for me I read the entire Morganville Vampire series that had sitting on my To Be Read Shelf books 1-8, read the first 4 books in Lili StCrow's Strange Angels series and one review e-book ARC copy of Predators of Darkness-Aftermath by Leonard Hilley...

    Reading today new release by Maria Zannini, Apocalypse Rising which is her sequel to Touch of Fire and so far so good!

    Reading next not sure but probably a couple of review books sent to me that are overdue!

  3. Oh I hope you like Dog Days. I'm very curious about it. I also hope you love the Iron Daughter. I think they just kept getting better from the first. Go Grim!! :)

  4. Blodeuedd - WonderBunny and I are working on the "chat" review :) here today. So she should have the review up here this week. And Kagawa I'm working on to have up by the end of the week too. :)

    Jackie B - Oh, I do hope you enjoy the Kagawa books. :) And Dog Days really does look good. :) I think I will enjoy it for a fun read. Oh, my! You have been a busy little reader there! I could never be able to get through all those books you did. Wow! Hope you have an amazing week this week too! :)

    Melissa (Books&Things) - I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of the Iron Fey series. :) And Dog Days might be a while before I get to it, But it's here now. :) Thank you!

  5. Melissa, I think you'll like Dog Days. It was good. I am looking forward to reading the next two which are sitting around my apartment in my huge stack of books. I'm also glad to see you received it. :)

    My trip date changed so I have an extra day to play with the McLeod review too. Plus it means I can look at new releases tomorrow! Woo hoo!

  6. WonderBunny - Hi! :) And thank you for the book. I know when I saw it on your list to pick from, I was hoping the other winners didn't pick it first. lol. I'm thinking I will enjoy it. Hope you have a great trip! :)

  7. I've had my eye on A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrence Novel and was dissapointed that I missed out on getting it from Net Galley since it already expired with I noticed it there. I'm glad to see that you're enjoying it and I look forward to your review. I've actually been doing so much reading lately, thanks to my new ereader, that haven't had much time to do reviewing. I just finished City of Bones which I enjoyed and am currently reading Blood Singer by Cat Adams, which I'm finding a little boring but I'm determined to finish.

  8. Simcha - Sorry to hear you missed the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel on Net Galley. Oh, sounds like all is going great with the new reader. So glad to hear you love it so. :) And I thought you would enjoy City of Bones. So glad. City of Ashes is a little slower I thought, but still good stuff. But my favorite is City of Glass. LOADS of amazing stuff here and great twists. :) Hope you enjoy them all.


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